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Complex networks are a recent type of framework used to study complex systems with many interacting elements, such as self-organized criticality (SOC). The network nodes' tendency to link to other nodes of similar type is characterized by assortative mixing. Real networks exhibit assortative mixing by vertex degree, however, typical random network models,(More)
Mutualistic communities have an internal structure that makes them resilient to external perturbations. Late research has focused on their stability and the topology of the relations between the different organisms to explain the reasons of the system robustness. Much less attention has been invested in analyzing the systems dynamics. The main population(More)
Degree ssortativity is the tendency for nodes of high degree (resp. low degree) in a graph to be connected to high degree nodes (resp. to low degree ones). It is usually quantified by the Pearson correlation coefficient of the degree-degree correlation. Here we extend this concept to account for the effect of second neighbours to a given node in a graph.(More)
BACKGROUND Network analysis has become a relevant approach to analyze cascading species extinctions resulting from perturbations on mutualistic interactions as a result of environmental change. In this context, it is essential to be able to point out key species, whose stability would prevent cascading extinctions, and the consequent loss of ecosystem(More)
Dynamic population models are based on the Verhulst's equation (logisitic equation), where the classic Malthusian growth rate is damped by intraspecific competition terms. Mainstream population models for mutual-ism are modifications of the logistic equation with additional terms to account for the benefits produced by the interspecies interactions. These(More)
Mutualism is a biological interaction mutually beneficial for both species involved, such as the interaction between plants and their pollinators. Real mutualistic communities can be understood as weighted bipartite networks and they present a nested structure and truncated power law degree and strength distributions. We present a novel link aggregation(More)
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